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Iraq Takes Steps To Stem Cholera Outbreak In Abu Ghraib

Al Jazeera: Iraq tackles deadly cholera outbreak “Iraq’s government has ordered daily water tests and other measures to try and contain an outbreak of cholera that has been blamed for the deaths of at least six people in a town west of the capital Baghdad…” (9/20). Reuters: Iraq tries to…

AP Investigation Examines WHO, International Response To West African Ebola Outbreak

Associated Press: 10 critical mistakes in last year’s Ebola outbreak “An Associated Press investigation has found that the World Health Organization and other responders faced avoidable obstacles in their efforts to stop the spiraling Ebola outbreak last summer in Kenema, [Sierra Leone,] a pivotal seeding point for the virus and…

Sierra Leone Enters New 42-Day Countdown To End Ebola Epidemic

Reuters: Sierra Leone starts new countdown to Ebola-free status “Sierra Leone has released its last two known Ebola patients and begun a new 42-day countdown to a declaration that it is officially free of the virus, officials said on Monday…” (9/29). VOA News: Sierra Leone Begins New Ebola 42-day Countdown…

Liberia, International Community Must Prioritize WASH To Achieve SDGs

Foreign Policy: Want to Fight Ebola? Help Liberia Invest in Toilets. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia “…Measuring progress toward clean water, sanitation, and hygiene in homes, schools, and hospitals will be an important component of achieving the new Global Goals, both in Liberia and around the world. … The…

Ebola Workers Remain Resilient, Continue To Respond To Disease In Sierra Leone

The Guardian: Ebola in Sierra Leone: ‘Friends died from the very virus they fought against’ Isaac Bayoh, Ebola quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone, now working with M√©dicos del Mundo “Many things have changed here in Sierra Leone since I last wrote at Easter, when three-day lockdowns were…

Polio Eradication Possible With Sustained Partnerships At All Levels

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Polio Outbreaks: What You Need to Know Jay Wenger, director of the polio program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses efforts to eradicate polio, particularly¬†in Ukraine and Mali, where recent vaccine-derived polio outbreaks occurred. Wenger writes, “We’re closer than we’ve ever…

Free From Ebola For Six Months, Northern Sierra Leone District Reports New Death Allegedly Related To Sexual Transmission

Associated Press: New Ebola death reported in northern Sierra Leone “Sierra Leone on Monday announced a new Ebola death in a northern district that had gone nearly six months without reporting any infections…” (Roy-Macaulay, 9/14). Reuters: Hundreds quarantined as Ebola returns to north Sierra Leone district “Health authorities quarantined hundreds…